Boys Town Launches Anti-bullying Campaign, Boys Town Goes “Blue,” to Put an End to Bullying

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Boys Town encourages communities across the country to help raise awareness for National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. On Monday, October 6 Boys Town will join the nation in recognizing the harm bullying can cause children, teens, and families.

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“Bullying is a serious problem that requires serious action and attention. Victims, Bullies, and those who witness bullying are all negatively impacted."

Boys Town encourages communities across the country to help raise awareness for National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. On Monday, October 6, Boys Town will join the nation in recognizing the harm bullying can cause children, teens, and families. The non-profit childcare organization is encouraging everyone to wear blue to bring attention to this very serious problem that affects millions of people.

“Spotting a victim of bullying is not as easy as one may think. Victims often have a hard time seeking help,” said Father Steven Boes, Boys Town National Executive Director. “When children are unwilling to seek help, it’s imperative that adults recognize the not-so-subtle signs of being bullied.”

Boys Town is one of the largest non-profit childcare organizations in the country and is determined to call attention to this behavior in order to assist families. The first step to preventing or solving a bullying problem is to start a conversation. Talking is the best way to identify the possible bullying behaviors and let kids know what they can do. It’s also how trusted adults can show their support and let kids know there is help.

“Bullying is a serious problem that requires serious action and attention. Victims, bullies, and those who witness bullying are all negatively impacted,” said Dr. Amanda Setlak, Supervising Psychologist at the Boys Town Behavioral Health Center. “We need to bring the spotlight onto this issue so that we can start changing the way kids, and all people for that matter, treat one another.”

Boys Town provides a number of resources for children and families to help get the bullying conversation started. Families can go to the website http://www.boystown.org/bullying for more information or email, call, or text the Boys Town National Hotline for help

About Boys Town
Nationally, Boys Town has been a beacon of hope for America’s children and families through its life-changing youth care and health care programs for more than 90 years. In 2011, Boys Town’s Integrated Continuum of youth care and health care programs impacted more than 500,000 children and families across America. This includes those who received services from Boys Town’s residential programs as well as those served by the many varied programs that comprise the Boys Town Integrated Continuum of Child and Family Services, including In-Home Family Services, health care services provided by Boys Town National Research Hospital and the Boys Town National Hotline.

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